Oct 2, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador told those aspiring to the office of president this week to read and study the Church’s Social Doctrine, “which contains fundamental principles for social justice.” He also exhorted them to carry out “honest and sincere” political campaigns.
Oct 2, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico’s weekly newspaper, Desde la Fe, published an editorial this week faulting the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) as responsible for the attacks on Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and calling on the powerful political party to express its opinions with respect and not with violence.
Oct 2, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Pope Benedict XVI exhorted Catholics on Monday, the memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of the missions, to “untiringly recognize the importance of the missions, so that in all places Christ may be known and loved.”
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:56 am .- A coalition of political organizations have joined together to support American churches and pastors who fear legal harassment for speaking out about election issues.
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:40 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said this week reports that John Paul II requested to be euthanized are part of an effort to “legitimize” the practice.
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:40 am .- The town of Juba in the war-torn south of Sudan is a "time bomb" which "could explode at any time, with consequences for the entire country" reports a source of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need(ACN).
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:28 am .- Bishop Donald Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico made an erratic emergency call from his home to local police early Thursday morning. An incident report from the McKinley Metropolitan Dispatch Authority reported that Bishop Pelotte, aged 62, told operators "...gentle little people, about 3 to 4 feet tall, and wearing Halloween masks" were in the hall
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:24 am .- In an essay certain to have an impact on American politics, Archbishop Raymond Burke of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has criticized lax attitudes concerning the reception of the Holy Eucharist. His words continue a long-standing debate about whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should receive communion.Archbishop Burke's essay, titled "The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin," appeared in Periodica De Re Canonica, a publication of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In it, the archbishop counseled that pastors should actively intervene to ensure that communicants receive Holy Communion worthily, basing his reasons on a detailed interpretation and analysis of canon law.
Oct 2, 2007 - 10:02 am .- In its annual plenary session, the International Theological Commission plans to discuss natural moral law in a document aimed to examine a universal system of ethics.
Oct 2, 2007 - 09:55 am .- In a letter to Mario Agnes, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his deep gratitude to the head of the Vatican newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano." Agnes held the position of director emeritus of the paper beginning in 1984 until recently when he announced his retirement.
Oct 2, 2007 - 09:01 am .- On Monday at the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s secretary for Relations with States, took the floor to call the UN to a renovation of its founding principles. Above all, the archbishop emphasized that failures in human society can be attributed to "forgetting, or partially and selectively accepting," the principle of respect for human dignity.At the beginning of his English-language talk, Archbishop Mamberti pointed out that "forgetting, or partially and selectively accepting," the principle of respect for human dignity "is what lies at the origin of conflicts, of environmental degradation and of social and economic injustices."